A body lift and liposuction are both cosmetic surgical procedures that can help you get the body you want. However, the advantages and disadvantages of each option are important to recognize before you make your final decision.
Your Overall Shape Goal
Liposuction can be used to remove small amounts of fat from problem areas, such as the love handles, saddle bags or lower abdomen. It is accomplished through small incisions and the healing time is generally quite fast. However, liposuction does nothing to address stretch marks, sagging skin or other issues associated with weight loss.
While a body lift may give you a longer and larger scar than you’d experience from liposuction, this procedure truly makes your skin ‘fit’ you once again. This provides a smooth, svelte outline under clothing.
Both Procedures Together
Some patients do best to have both procedures done in the same surgery. Liposuction is done first to remove any stubborn fat deposits, and the body lift is done afterwards to tighten the skin and make a smooth outline. Together these procedures can erase the evidence of profound weight loss or multiple pregnancies.
Other Issues Addressed by a Body Lift
If you have enough skin, the surgeon can use a body lift to revise scars from abdominal surgeries and c-sections. He can also repair your belly button if it’s been pulled askew by previous surgeries. If you have an embarrassing tattoo or scar that you want rid of on your hip or lower abdomen, this too can sometimes be remedied by a body lift.
Lipo Alone for Contouring
If you are considering just having liposuction done alone, you may be able to see great results if you have good skin elasticity, or you do not have much excess skin or stretch marks. Young people, especially, often benefit from lipo without having a lift done at the same time. The surgeon can give you their opinion as to whether or not you could get the results you want with lipo alone.
Liposuction and body lift work in different ways to give you the figure that you want. If you are considering this type of cosmetic surgery, contact the Plastic & Cosmetic Center of South Texas today to schedule a consultation.